Glazed Carrots

Nothing complicated for this candy like vegetable side.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs carrots sliced ½ inch thick
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Place carrots in a large pan and add 2 cups of water. 
  2. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  3. Drain any excess water.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, except for parsley to the pan and stir to coat the carrots.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes on medium high heat. Stirring occasionally until a syrup like sauce has formed. 
  6. Top with parsley and serve.

 

Honey Soy Baked Chicken Thighs.

A delicious dinner with no left overs! We did enjoy it with riced cauliflower.

No story to go along with the recipe. Well, I will say it is a hit with the family. Oh! And the marinade will work with any cut of chicken. No finished photo. When the food is good it goes fast.

Ingredients

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

2 tablespoons cooking oil vegetable oil or canola oil

1 1/2 tablespoons garlic minced (or 4 large cloves garlic, minced)

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar vinegar 

1 teaspoon sesame oil or 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds

3/4 teaspoon fresh minced ginger

2 1/2 pounds (1.2 kg) chicken thighs

Salt and pepper to season

Fresh chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

In a shallow bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, green onions, cooking oil, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil and ginger. Mix well and set aside.

Season with salt and pepper then transfer chicken to the bowl with the marinade. Cover and marinade chicken for at least 30 minutes if time allows.

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

Transfer chicken along with the marinade to a baking dish. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, flipping twice while baking to ensure the chicken doesn’t dry out on top.

Broil for 5 minutes at high heat until golden browned and slightly charred on the edges. Chicken should have an internal temp of 165°F (or 70°C).

Garnish with parsley

Serve chicken with pan juices over steamed rice, cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, regular noodles or mashed potatoes.

Brownies

Borrowed photo my brownies don’t last long enough to grab a pic.



Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.

  3. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter.

  4. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

  5. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder.

  6. Spread batter into prepared pan.

  7. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Venison Tenderloin

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs venison tenderloins
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 3 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups soy sauce

Directions:

  1. Mix brown Sugar and Soy sauce together in a bowl. They should combine nicely into a soupy soy liquid.
  2. Put Deer Loin in a cooking tray and pour Brown Sugar/Soy Sauce mixture over loin. Roll tenderloin over in mixture, completely covering it.
  3. Let meat marinate in mixture at least 3 hours or overnight in fridge. 
  4. Remove loin from tray and place on a bake sheet. Save the marinade.
  5. Wrap a piece of bacon around the very end of the tenderloin, securing the bacon strip with a toothpick. Repeat this process until the entire loin is wrapped in ten or so bacon “loops.” 
  6. Drizzle remaining marinade over deer loin. You can continue to baste the loin with the marinade throughout the cooking process with either a brush or a turkey baster.
  7. Place on center rack in oven and bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and place on cutting board. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing. 

Potato Soup

potato soup
Photo courtesy of Bing Search

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 whole onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/2 pound of cubed ham
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 potatoes peeled cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. In a heavy pan saute garlic, celery and onions in butter.
  2. Add in ham and potatoes, cover with water and bring to a boil, 10 minutes.
  3. Lower heat and allow to simmer, add in heavy cream.
  4. In separate pan boil the other potatoes. Once they are fork tender drain and mash.
  5. Slowly add mashed potatoes to the broth to thicken it.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Carrots cut to 1 inch pieces
  • 1 chopped sweet onion
  • 3 lbs butternut squash (or pumpkin) chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 3 TBS White Wine Vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (omit for pumpkin soup)
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce (omit for pumpkin or if you do not like spicy food)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Saute carrots and onions in dutch oven (heavy stock pot will work as well) on medium high heat until lightly brown.
  2. Add squash, broth and orange zest and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and lower heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in cream and remaining ingredients. Allow to cool.
  5. Process with a handheld blender or put into a regular blender. Blend it all until smooth and creamy.
You can serve this cold or piping hot.
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Check Your Local Code Before You Get Urban Chickens

IMG_1197Looking to keep poultry in town? Here is an example of our local code that says yes, we can keep chickens within certain limits, such as keep your chicken house clean. It even says that pygmy goats would be permitted as pets. So are you allowed to milk pets to keep them healthy? Hhmmm…something my urban and town living friends need to look at. I just wish we could do it in our apartment complex!

While most of us would like to do what we want but when you live in town or a city it doesn’t hurt to check out the local codes. Avoid becoming a news item because someone who doesn’t like gardening and such turns you in, become a news item for doing it according to code or working to change code so that everyone can enjoy gardens and such.

Busy Mom Menu Planning Tips

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Pre-planning your menu will do several things for you. It will force you to double check your calendar. It will force you to go through your pantry, fridge and freezer (helps keep things fresh). It will also force you to make a grocery list (which will help you stay in budget). Quick note about budgets, I know they are hard but we will discuss those another day. 

This is where I start. I get paid every two weeks so typically that means 42 meals (3 meals per day for 14 days) need to be planned out. You guessed it, breakfast, lunch and dinner all need to be planned. So now that we have figured that out I check out what I have on hand. If I am lucky I have some things left from my last grocery shopping. I try to add one or two extra meals to my budget each week and/or bulk items. 

Next I get out my calendar to see what is going on during those two weeks. What is my work schedule, what is on tap for the kids, what is on tap for Daddy aka Papa. That will also determine what gets made on what days. 

By now I am using what limited “extra” brain power to see what I have on hand to make and write down those meal ideas. I have a habit of starting with dinner ideas. Now I take a piece of paper and divide it in thirds. One column I put the day of the week with the appropriate date on it. List what I know I have for dinner, list what would work on each particular night depending on our schedules. Now in the third column I start writing my shopping list. 

The next thing I do during the school year is pull out the lunch calendar. Lunches are frequently left overs when school is out but in honor of going back to school I am going to add this tidbit. I ask the kids which days they are buying and which they are taking. From there we get down to the nitty gritty and figure out what they want for those days they are taking. I write these down on the calendar so that I know what they have planned (yes they some times change their minds, too bad it gets carved into stone). I make sure to add any extra items to the grocery list. 

Next we look at breakfast, ours is usually pretty basic. I need to have pancakes on hand (make them and then freeze them for future use). Eggs, bread and/or biscuits, cereal and the like. Though honestly if there are “favorite” left overs they will get eaten for breakfast as well. Mac and cheese anyone? If I am running low on any necessaries they get added to the grocery list as well.

Ok, so dinners are on the calendar, lunches are on the calendar and breakfast is fly by the seat of our pants. It really all comes down to schedules. Are these plans written in stone no, except for planned school lunches, those are written in stone. Now you have not only planned out your menu for two weeks, you have a realistic working grocery list and perhaps a budget!

Light, Love and Peace!

What is Your Favorite Seed Company?

Time to plan next year’s garden!

It is that time of year for me, I am going through my left over and saved seeds (not many this year) so I can plan my garden next year. I have a ton of heirloom and old fashioned plants to grow for next year but I can’t help myself. I have started making a wish list for next year already. I tend to order from a variety of places. A few of my favorite companies are:

I am also very big on getting together with friends and neighbors to trade seeds. I think I might be able to start a small seed exchange program for this spring, I need to assess what I have and what I can purchase.
What are your favorite seed companies?
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